9 Easy Breakfasts for Busy Mornings
You hit snooze 4 times. You couldn’t find clean socks. Now there’s no time to make breakfast and you’re doomed to grab a McGriddle on your way to work, right?
Take a deep breath. Breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated.
You’ve heard it before. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so you want to get it right. Sure, Frosted Flakes are easy, but having a sugary breakfast can leave you crashing at your desk by 10:00.
Many people just feel they don’t have time to cook a healthy breakfast, but there are plenty of quick options out there.
Here are 9 healthy breakfasts options that you can cook in a pinch or even make ahead.
1. Country Breakfast Bowls
This recipe is everything you want in a home-cooked breakfast. With one catch. You can make it on Sunday night and have breakfast ready for the next 6 mornings.
The whole recipe gets divided into smaller portions and then stored in ready-to-heat Tupperware in the fridge or freezer. They’re vegetarian as written, but you could add breakfast sausage, ham, or bacon if you want to add more protein.
2. Freezer Smoothie Packs
If you prefer a lighter breakfast, smoothies are a great choice. Even though smoothies are already pretty fast and easy, prepping the ingredients makes them completely effortless.
You can come up with different kinds of smoothies and store the ingredients for each in their own freezer bag. When you wake up in the morning, grab a baggie out of the freezer, dump it in the blender, add liquid, and blend! Live Simply has provided 5 smoothie ideas to get you thinking. Feel free to experiment with your own combos!
3. Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are a great customizable option. You can eat them hot or cold. Sweet or savory. Crunchy or smooth. You can also make them in a big batch or just make each morning’s portion the night before.
This peanut butter banana recipe has just the right amount of fiber and fat to keep you satisfied until your lunch break. As with any overnight oats recipe, be sure to use rolled oats (also called old fashioned oats). Quick cooking oats will completely disintegrate and heartier steel cut oats will be too tough to chew.
4. Personalized Frittatas in Muffin Tins
Muffin tins have turned baked eggs into the ultimate grab-and-go breakfast. Each muffin sized frittata is perfectly portioned and fast to reheat.
This recipe from Simple Roots Wellness was designed with protein in mind. In addition to eggs, there’s cottage cheese and sausage. You could always sub turkey sausage if you’re looking for something a little leaner. The recipe is made to be customized.
5. Crock-Pot Maple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal
Slow cookers are the best tool for busy people trying to eat healthy. They can be used for much more than chili and stews. They’re a great way to cook a big batch of oatmeal while you sleep.
The long cooking time means you can use extra healthy steel cut oats (sometimes sold as Irish Oatmeal in stores). This recipe is for a mild base of vanilla oats. In the morning you can add whatever toppings you want, from fruits and nuts to peanut butter and cinnamon.
6. Whole30 Breakfast Casserole
This hearty breakfast casserole is clean and satisfying. The recipe serves 5 which means you could make it on Sunday night and not have to worry about breakfast all week.
This Whole30 recipe uses lots of vegetables which means you get plenty of fiber in addition to the protein from eggs and chicken sausage. Fiber + protein = no mid-morning cravings!
7. Lazy Egg and Cheese Sandwich
Sometimes those cravings for cheesy breakfast sandwiches hit hard. But in less time than it takes to hit the drive thru for a McMuffin, you can make your own breakfast sandwich at home. The entire recipe comes together in under 5 minutes.
Cup of Jo provides simple instructions for forming a thin “egg envelope” that surrounds a slice of delicious cheese. While the egg cooks, you can toast an English muffin or bagel. The folded egg will fit just right, and you’ll be enjoying your breakfast sandwich in no time. Feel free to add herbs, salsa, or hot sauce to give this an extra flavor kick.
8. Dark Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
Chocolate for breakfast? Don’t mind if I do. Quinoa has been making its way onto the breakfast scene as a gluten-free alternative to oatmeal. Quinoa has the added benefit of being a complete protein source, making this a great option for vegans.
The recipe makes 4 servings and is easy to reheat during the week. You can change up the toppings each time you reheat it by adding chocolate chips and coconut one day and bananas and berries the next. Eating leftovers for breakfast doesn’t have to be boring!
9. Smashed Avocado Toast + Veggies
Avocado toast is having its 15 minutes of fame right now. From quaint coffee shops to high-end brunches, chefs can’t resist serving up avocado toast.
Of course, it’s simple enough to make at home for a quick breakfast. This recipe calls for extra vegetables to make it even healthier. A fried egg is the perfect protein topping to take this from snack to filling breakfast.
If you’d like to save a little more time in the morning, you could roast the vegetables in bulk at the start of the week. Then you could just reheat them in the same pan you use to fry the egg.
The common trend in all these recipes is flexibility. You can swap ingredients to make these recipes work for your busy schedule. This means there are no more excuses for eating a Starbucks muffin for breakfast.
Do you have any go-to breakfast recipes? Share your ideas in the comments.
Written By: Megan Baird